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bucklehead 94 ( +1 | -1 )
Kramnik-Leko, Game 2 The two world championship contestants fought (really) to an 18 move draw today, leaving the match at a score of 1.5 - 0.5, advantage Kramnik. Play was very sharp and hotly debated, and some felt that the final position still had some life left in it (though after 18. ...Nxb7 19. Qf3 Qg3 20. Qxg3 fxg3 things would be much more tame).

An interesting game, though. Not only have we seen two leadoff 1 e4 e5 games; but in a testament to the enduring possibility of novelty in chess, I could only find a single master game that paralleled though 10. Nc3 (and that a Leko-Ivanchuk draw from 2003).

PGN follows
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[Event "Classical World Chess Championship"]
[Site "Brissago SUI"]
[Date "2004.09.26"]
[EventDate "2004.09.25"]
[Round "2"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[White "Kramnik"]
[Black "Leko"]
[ECO "C88"]
[WhiteElo "2770"]
[BlackElo "2741"]
[PlyCount "36"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O
8. h3 Bb7 9. d3 Re8 10. Nc3 Bb4 11. Ng5 Rf8 12. a3 Bxc3 13. bxc3 Na5
14. Ba2 c5 15. f4 exf4 16. e5 Nd5 17. Bxd5 Qxg5 18. Bxb7 1/2-1/2

ketchuplover 10 ( +1 | -1 )
Chess games aren't won,they're lost. If Kramnik doesn't blunder he holds on to his title.